A letter from our Vice President Fiona Yau-Luu: Oregon Walks By the Numbers

Fiona Yau-Luu, Oregon Walks’ Vice President, at the Jade District Night Market this August

We are wrapping up the 25th anniversary of Oregon Walks, and we have had quite a year. We grew leaps and bounds in our influence on policy and project development, as well as in delivering walking programs, building partnerships, and calling for rapid change.

Here is 2016 ‘by the numbers’ for Oregon Walks — and most importantly, you can help us reach our final numbers for 2016 by supporting us TODAY through the Give!Guide!

Inna, our volunteer coordinator, at Metro’s regional trails forum this June.

Who we are:
2: Number of employees of Oregon Walks

671.4: Number of volunteer hours dedicated toward creating safer streets
381: Number of Oregon Walks members

How we advocate: 
165: Number of photos submitted during our #workzoneWTF campaign, leading to a new Work Zone accomodation policy in the City of Portland
41: Number of letters and testimony submitted by Plans and Projects Committee members and staff in support of safer streets and pedestrian rights to local, regional, and state level, on topics including automobile parking reform, open data initiatives, affordable housing
$28 million: money raised through the Fix Our Streets 
Portland campaign for safety including $8 million for Safe Routes to School and $2 million for crosswalks — a project list we helped develop for over a year

Where we walk:

47: Number of Walktober walks this year, with partners including AARP Oregon, Portland Community College, Human Access Project, and the Welcome Home Coalition
1.5: length in miles of ¡Cully Camina!, our first Oregon Walkways event, in the NE Cully neighborhood
10: Booths staffed by Oregon Walks staff and volunteers at Sunday Parkways

Our Vision Zero focus:

1.6: Miles of outer NE Halsey to receive sidewalks, crosswalks, and a road retrofit to make it safer for all users, thanks to Oregon Walks’ budget advocacy this fall
0: Number of other cities besides Portland in North America to pass Vision Zero policy that also calls for zero racial profiling
93%: The decrease in speeding on SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway after installation of speed safety cameras, a new safety tool that Oregon Walks supported at City Hall & in Salem
52: Local business owners who signed on to the Portland Independent Chamber of Commerce’s petition in support of the Vision Zero Action Plan
410: Number of shoes placed by our partners Oregon Families for Safe Streets, representing lives lost on Oregon roads in 2016, to raise awareness about the need for more traffic safety across the state

Where you come in:

100: Number of donors through the Give!Guide we’re hoping to have by December 31st

And here’s one last number for you: $20

Right now is your chance to support Oregon Walks as we move into our next 25 years. Every dollar you give is directly helping us in our ability to impact the numbers above. Every policy victory, every Walktober walk, every community partnership, and every time we’ve testified at City Hall has been because our supporters have chipped in a couple bucks for us to be there, advocating for change.

We’re eager to expand and conduct more meaningful work to make Oregon’s streets and sidewalks safe for everyone, and if you believe in our mission, we ask that you support our work by making a $20 through Give!Guide today.

So, join us with a gift, and ensure our 25th anniversary one to remember. Your $20 will make an immediate difference for people walking in Oregon.

Fiona Yau-Luu
Oregon Walks Board Vice President

P.S. Today is the LAST Big Give Day with the Give!Guide! When you make a donation, you will be entered to win ‘98,000 square miles of YES’ — a bundle of cultural adventures in Portland, Eastern Oregon, and the coast thanks to the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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